One of the things that keeps so many of us from choosing recovery is our fear of the withdrawal symptoms we’ll experience when we stop using our drug of choice. Sometimes we’re so afraid of these symptoms that we assume we won’t be able to survive them. Instead of reaching out for help, many of us continue to suffer, not realizing that our anticipation of the symptoms might be outweighing the reality of them. While withdrawal is difficult to say the least, professional treatment centers can help us cope with the symptoms and ease our transition as we go through what is known as the detoxification process. What are some of the effects of withdrawal?
When we abuse a substance, our bodies become so dependent upon it that we no longer are just seeking to get high, we now need the drug to maintain our body’s normal equilibrium. We are so off balance, so addicted, that without the drug we can feel sick, depleted, and exhausted. We can even feel physical pain. This dependence on a toxic substance is what causes our bodies to react so violently when we remove it from our system. Some of the effects of withdrawal are fatigue and lack of energy. We can also suffer from insomnia and find it hard to get quality sleep, making our detoxification process all the more arduous. We can experience changes in our appetite as well as in our moods. We can find our emotions increasingly hard to manage. We can become panicked, enraged, terrified, even hostile. We can feel an increase in our depression and anxiety. We can feel restless and out of sorts. We can experience headaches along with pain and discomfort in our bodies. We can have nausea, vomiting and dizziness. We can experience seizures and tremors.
All of these difficult symptoms are reasons why it’s such a good idea to enlist the help of professional caregivers who have experience helping people through the withdrawal process. We sometimes think that because we have become experts in our own addictions and issues, we are also experts in recovery. The truth is many of us are approaching recovery with little to no accurate information about how to heal ourselves. Our bodies have infinite wisdom about how to recuperate, but we’ve stifled that wisdom with years of abusing our bodies with drugs and harmful behaviors. Our bodies need rest and rehabilitation, and getting professional help is a powerful and effective way of opening the door to true recovery.
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